I may be wrong, but I do not believe the Vatican City has an embassy with the People's Republic of China. Of course, many other countries, like Mexico and Italy, certainly do.
However, several (how many? I don't know) of the bishops of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association have been approved by the Papacy and serve with the Pope's blessing. I do not believe that it is wise or necessary to forgo receiving communion in China, for reasons I will try to explain.
Let me make this one thing perfectly clear: the Chinese Catholics themselves, including the priests and probably most or all bishops are very devoted to the Holy See. They and their families have suffered a great deal for their faith, don't sell them short! I know that the Vatican has not written them off. It is even likely that many of these priests are privately supporting the underground church, and members of the underground church will, on occasion, attend the approved legal church as a practical matter without compunction.
The Chinese Catholic church is in need of help, it needs assistance publishing Bibles (the Union Bible, a Protestant version sells well, and many Chinese have a copy, the Gideons pass out a free one), The CC needs help with it's infrastructure and physical plant. It could use your support. Seminarians and nuns have come to countries like the United Sates, and received training in American dioceses. This has been a big help to them, I am sure.
The actual problem is a legal one. Non-citizens may not pastor Chinese citizens, otherwise the Chinese Catholic church is faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic church. In the special regions of Hong Kong and Macau ("one nation - two systems") there is no problem there whatsoever, although in fact it is the same country.
The Chinese people today are very Christian-friendly and respectful, although they are as secular as Europe, as far as that goes. :shrug:
The Mass is certainly valid, and they could use the coin and encouragement from Catholics around the world. I encourage any travelers to China to look up the local parishes of the legal church and attend.
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The "Catholic Church" that is available there is alligned to the state and is not answerable to the Vatican.
Like it or not, it is the Catholic church, and it is in China.
The legal -political problems are not of their own making, they are caught in the middle and suffer for this. The "curly quotes" are not necessary.
The work of Christ, of the Great Commission, goes on.